Local Youth Services

You are not alone. In addition to our own services, there are a range of other forms of support across Bournemouth and Poole.

If you need someone to listen

If you need support or someone to talk to, don’t suffer in silence. There are always people available to help.

The Samaritans offer a free 24-hour listening service on 116 123 where they will listen, be non-judgemental and help you work through what’s on your mind.

The Bournemouth branch is also available for face-to-face sessions from 9am to 9pm at:

The Samaritans
1 Durrant Road

You can visit their website here

Young people with disabilities

If you are looking for information regarding disability support or services in the local area, please visit:

How We Can Help

We offer many opportunities that reach out and engage with young people across Dorset to meet our aim of helping to transform communities so that everyone truly belongs, contributes and thrives.

Increasingly we are focusing on recognising young people’s achievements through our Young Leaders’ Scheme, AQA Unit Awards Scheme and Peer Mentoring Programme.

You can download our latest youth work information leaflet here or please see our index of services. Or please email us if you have any questions.

If you would like to help

Whether it’s offering your time, fundraising and raising awareness or making a donation to our youth services, there’s plenty you can do to help.

If you’d like to help but don’t know how best to do so, please get in touch.

About YMCA Bournemouth

We work across five key areas – Housing & Support, Family & Relationships, Youth Work, Training & Education, and Health & Wellbeing – to enable people in our local community to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit.

On the parable of the Good Samaritan:
”I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But by the very nature of his concern, the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

Martin Luther King, Strength to Love

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Get in touch

Youth Office
Townsend Youth Centre
191 Jewell Road

07827 848478